Post 15 drops regional opener to Post 68

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Lyon County Post 68 from Kentucky didn’t need any help in the opening round of the American Legion Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament here Wednesday morning at McCrary Park, but Parkersburg Post 15 gave them some anyway as the locals fell 11-1.

Cameron Head only recorded a quartet of punchouts, but he finished with a complete game six-hitter as Post 68 won its seventh straight contest and improved to 20-9.

Post 15, which dropped to 25-13 and returns to action at 11:30 a.m. today in an elimination tilt versus Wilmington Post 10, got its lone tally in the bottom of the first.

Lyon County scored a run off losing pitcher Chase Swain to open the affair, but Post 15 evened things up after Todd Burner reached via a single and scored on Swain’s RBI double.

However, Post 15 managed just four more hits the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, Post 68 tacked on two more runs in the second to go ahead 3-1. Following a four-run fourth, Swain was lifted. Bradan Mullenix then worked two frames, allowing a pair of runs, and Jack Hadley pitched the seventh, also allowing two runs, but just one earned.

“The story to me, pitching-wise, was we gave up four leadoff walks,” said Post 15 manager Mike Goodwin, who noted three of them scored. “That’s the thing. You can’t give them extra runners and then we had the three errors.

“We just weren’t sharp. We just weren’t sharp. Chase had six walks, which was uncharacteristic. We had nine walks and three errors. That’s 12 extra batters. You are not going to win games that way. We could compete with that team, but we didn’t play very well today.”

While Burner finished 2 for 3 and Swain had Post 15’s lone extra-base hit, the only other knocks came via singles from Jordan Batten, Hayden Morris and Colin Bryant.

Lyon County, which takes on Tallahassee Post 13 from Florida at 4:30 p.m. today, was led by Gabe Board, who went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs. Conner Guthrie went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs while Cameron Dean finished 2 for 4 with an RBI.